Paleface and Mo–In My Opinion

photo13 Paleface and Mo played their first show ever in Indianapolis at the White Rabbit Cabaret. This was also the first time that I had been to the White Rabbit and I am glad to have finally discovered it. The scene reminded me of a place the Avetts would have played five or so years ago. Small and intimate with great beers and a really diverse crowd of about 50 or so people. Oh I do miss those days of being able to be that close to great music. The opener was Mark Alexander from Winnemac, Indiana. He was a one man band with his acoustic guitar and played a few covers (Van Morrison which I enjoyed) and a few originals. He seemed a little nervous, but very endearing. As his set went on, he really played to the crowd very well and was quick enough to incorporate us into his music. I enjoyed Trainwreck AKA The Sweat Song and in my opinion the best song that he sang was Come To Morning which made me want to groove a little.

Then Paleface and Mo took the stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had listened to a few songs before the show and enjoyed them. Paleface’s voice is very unique and I loved it. He played the harmonica on almost every song which really added to the sound because it is just Paleface with the guitar and harmonica and Mo playing drums. He was funny and really enjoyed the crowd when we got up and started dancing. You could tell he has done his time on the stage and seems to be very comfortable there. It was funny and coincidental that we got up to dance and he played Dancing Daze from Four Thieves Gone. He played great songs and I enjoyed them all. Highlights for me were: Dancing Daze (because I actually knew it), You are the Girl for me, and Styrofoam Cheeseburger.

I could see how he and the Avetts would work well together. pf-and-us Their music has a very similar pace and feel. You want to get up and dance around and just enjoy the words and the way the music makes you feel. After the show we chatted with Paleface and Mo. They talked about living in New York and moving to North Carolina. They currently live in Concord and joked how Seth gives him a hard time because apparently you have to really emphasize the Cord in Concord or you are saying it wrong. We chatted about the Avetts growing popularity and how different it is now from the Four Thieves Gone days. All in all it was a fun night and I wish more people would have been there to enjoy the show. If Paleface and Mo are coming near you, definitely check them out. It will probably be the most enjoyable $6 that you will spend.

Paleface’s website
Mark Alexander’s website
The White Rabbit Cabaret


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